Karen Janet Wipond

21-Apr-1961 - 22-Jun-2020

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Posted by Katie Blake | 15-Jul-2020

I admired Karen so much - still do - this brilliant, passionate, talented, beautiful, warm, stylish woman who taught me a lot about leadership and about friendship. Sending my deepest condolences to Nick and the rest of Karen's family.

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Posted by Lora and Ted Lea | 05-Jul-2020

We were very sorry to hear about Karen's passing. We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Nick, and to Karen and Nick's family. Karen was a wonderful, intelligent person, who made significant contributions to conservation in British Columbia.

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Posted by Mike Stalberg | 04-Jul-2020

Most of my interactions with Karen were through brief work calls that ended as long calls, with both of us late for our next meetings. She had so much information to share, so many ideas to express, and all sorts of solutions. Her energy and enthusiasm always left me wanting to try harder to help her solve a problem or, more accurately, to help her help me solve a problem. She was always there extending a hand to help our region with conservation-lands issues, she would always provide information or ideas no matter how busy she was with other work. She was known as a “go to” person. Eventually, we were able to meet in person when Karen excitedly came over me to introduce herself during a gathering. She went out of her way to make me feel welcomed. Karen will be warmly remembered and greatly missed.

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Posted by Anne Hetherington | 30-Jun-2020

For someone I only met twice in person, through work, Karen had a high impact on my work and personal life. Sort of like a comet that brightly enters and leaves your horizon.

Karen was an invaluable help with information, insight and history to keep me on track for my Conservation Lands projects. She exemplified the highest standards of quality of work, leadership, courage and integrity. Karen, you are so missed.

Anne

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Posted by Jo Owens | 27-Jun-2020

Warm, generous, sparkling, funny--even though there is a Karen-shaped hole in my heart now, I'm so glad I had the honour. Jo

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Posted by Cathy Hohnsbehn | 26-Jun-2020

I was very shocked to see the notice of Karen’s passing. My thoughts go out to Nick and Karen’s family during this time.

Cathy Hohnsbehn

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Posted by Richard Harrison | 26-Jun-2020

Karen and Nick
This is a photo of the last time I stayed in your place in Victoria. It’s a snapshot of the lovely times we spent together, and I’ll always remember how much I enjoyed seeing you two together.
You’ll be missed so much, but especially by Nick. I’ve know him most of my life from UK days, and I know just how much he loved you.
Thank you for the amazing pictures that you left us to remember you by, Rest In Peace.
Richard

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Posted by chris ritchie | 26-Jun-2020

Karen was a regular fixture at our annual Robbie Burns night.
She would sometimes eat haggis, would usually have a poem and always drink whisky
Offerings of rhyme as I remember her:

I once knew a girl name of Karen,
Her opinions she was fond of sharin’
Conservation lands were her passion
Even when they were out of fashion
Her legacy should have all of us carin’

Wipond you are gone
Conservation lands needs ya
Your spirit still grows

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Posted by Michelle Lingard | 25-Jun-2020

I’m am so very sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I first met Karen when I moved to Peterborough in 1969. Karen and I had met in Mrs. Robinson’s 3/4 class. I remember Karen as being very bright and social. My deepest sympathies to Karen’s family and friends. Karen will always be a part of my childhood memories. God speed and prayers Karen. Wishing you well on your next journey. 🙏✌️

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Posted by Gary Glinz | 25-Jun-2020

I will always remember, with fond memories our hike into Top of The World Park. It was a beautiful day and her cheerfulness and love of BC Parks radiated through the Rocky Mountains.
My heartfelt condolences to all that knew and loved her.


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